Rectifying the Intention when it comes to Hifz – part 1
Memorising the Quran, the words of our Almighty Creator Allah SWT, is undoubtedly one of the noblest achievements one can hope to pursue. At Zia Ul Ummah Foundation, we’re dedicated to providing only the best support and resources to our students when it comes to memorising the Quran. Part of this includes highlighting the importance of a sincere intention and encouraging our students to reflect on their motivation behind memorising.
Similar to all other acts of worship, the intention during Hifz has to revaluated regularly to ensure we are earning the pleasure of Allah SWT and maximising our scales of good deeds!
For the sake of Allah alone
It’s not unheard of for Hifz students to get caught up with the recognition and attention that follows, particularly once they have finished their memorisation. However, as easy as it is to get swayed with the praise and admiration, it’s important to renew one’s intention and keep in mind that every single ayat memorised is for the sake of Allah SWT alone.
The absence of an insincere attention is not to be taken lightly as one of the first three people to be questioned on the day of judgement and thrown into hell will be one who is a reciter of the Quran and imparts knowledge. All because his actions were motivated by worldly gains and recognition.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “…[A] man who had acquired and imparted knowledge and read the Qur’an will be brought forward, Allah will remind him of the favours He had bestowed upon him and the man will acknowledge them. Then He will ask him: ‘What did you do to express gratitude for it?’ The man will reply: ‘I acquired knowledge and taught it, and read the Qur’an for Your sake.’ Allah will say to him: ‘You have lied. You acquired knowledge so that people might call you a learned (man), and you read the Qur’an so that they might call you a reciter, and they have done so.’….” [Muslim].
If you’re on the path, it counts
It may take two years, a decade or even a lifetime to become a Hafiz, and although memorising the entire Quran is a remarkable accolade, Allah looks at the quality of actions, not quantity. Therefore, it is advisable to reflect and ponder whilst memorising to internalise the real meaning of the Quran and allow it to guide our everyday actions and increase in God-consciousness.
Looking into the lives of the Sahabahs exemplifies how the focus didn’t solely lie with completing the Quran and gaining the title of Hafiz, but rather the process of memorising the Quran. Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) spent 14 years memorising Surah Baqarah alone whilst many other companions are known to have spent the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) memorising the Quran.
Everyone possesses different abilities when it comes to memorising the divine words of Allah SWT and through the examples of the Sahabahs above, we should all feel inspired to set ourselves goals of memorising a portion of the Quran by the end of this year.
Over the coming weeks, we will be providing you more useful insights and tips to assist you on this journey of memorisation, all to earn the pleasure of Allah SWT and increase in our scales of good deeds.
Read more about our Hifz of Quran programme here
Read our next blog here: THE JOURNEY TO MEMORISATION – FORSAKING GLORY AND PRAISE